Colin McMurray from Hope College was selected as one of our five top Costa Ambassadors for the fall 2017 semester. Hope College of Holland, Michigan received a 5rivers club started by Colin towards the end of 2016 but was officially launched in the spring semester of 2017. With 69 members present, the Hope 5Rivers club primarily targets trout and bass and is vastly involved in the community along with their local Trout Unlimited chapter. Colin the club founder originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota is currently a junior studying Chemical Engineering. When McMurray is not on the river or studying within his difficult major; he enjoys playing and watching sports with friends, playing guitar, visiting local breweries, and building his own fishing gear such as handmade wooden nets, custom built rods, along with tying flies. Being a jack of all trades, Colin has no plans post-graduation but wherever he ends up, he will always have a rod with him.
What are some things you do together as a club?
We start every semester with an intro to fly fishing instructional class for anyone wanting to learn how to fly fish, and then we try to do monthly gatherings on campus where we watch fishing videos, tie flies, and talk about fishing. In addition to that we do river cleanups at some of our favorite local rivers as well as well as supporting any events hosted by our local TU chapter such as exterminating river side invasive species and river insect monitoring. (McMurray)
When and how did you start fly fishing?
I first tried fly fishing when I was younger and would frequently vacation to the Black Hills of South Dakota at a family cabin and try to catch trout in local streams and ponds. I had no idea what I was doing, however, until my freshmen year of college when my friends and I went to a local Orvis shop and they taught me everything I needed to know about fly fishing to feed a soon to be addiction. (McMurray)
What is your favorite fishing memory? First fish on a fly rod?
My favorite fishing memory was fishing the North Platte at the Costa Ambassador Summit last summer in Wyoming and catching my personal best trout. The first fish I encountered on a fly rod was a 4-inch brown trout caught on a copper john. (McMurray)
5Rivers would like to congratulate Colin on doing an excellent job this last semester. Keep up the good work!